Sunday, February 1, 2015

Happy Baby Snapshots


No baby pictures here--just a new quilt in progress using "Snapshots" by Riley Blake. 

I picked up a fat quarter bundle a few months back, but had no ideas for it then. When I found out two of the three babies expected this spring were girls, I knew right away.

Babies aren't little very long. Those of us who've raised a few realize they grow up in a Snap, so I wanted a girly quilt that would grow with her. I introduced some funky solids, and I think it did the trick here.



I devised a piecing pattern to give me a 9" block, and allow the center square to appear off-centered. All center squares were cut 4". I cut the smaller border of those at 1 3/4" wide and the wider strips at 2 3/4". The outside borders on all blocks were cut 2" wide. 

Blocks were either print-solid-print, or solid-print-solid.

I left the last side off of all the blocks until the final layout.
I varied the two types in turn, and also the position of the missing side. Going from left to right in the picture: bottom, right side, top, left side, etc.


Then I put a contrasting strip back on each using a print to a print, and a solid to a solid. 
I like the haphazard look here.


Now on to the next one!
Remember that 2 of 3 thing.
This is the other fat quarter stack I bought at the same time.
"Floriography", also by Riley Blake.
I may use the same pattern, using up my hefty supply of leftover strips. 
It's almost the exact same palette.






And the last project I want to launch is an iPad 
protector I promised weeks ago. 
She's a bird lover, and I think she'll like these
new fabrics I found.


It's warm and dry inside. 
The storm is in progress. 
My bird feeders all full, and there are throngs 
of feathered friends visiting today for a meal.


The Doxie Girls and I have work to do
before Downton Abbey tonight.

Come on, Doxie Girls.
Let's go sew.

Linking up today with
Sunday Stash

9 comments:

  1. So, so happy you visited me way down here because that meant that I happened upon your lovely blog! Oh my goodness, an abundance of gorgeousness! I love your baby quilt; I love the pattern you devised....so many pretty fabrics and pattern to delight the eye. Then I scrolled down to the Floriography fabrics....I am in love!! Those fabrics will make the most 'pretty as a picture' baby quilt. I can't wait to see this 'pretty'. Oh I think your iPad is going to love stepping out with you, in those lovely fabrics. What a gorgeous corner of the world you live in...love the closing photo of your wintry landscape...sublime! I can't wait to return to see what you are up to next, Julie!.

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  2. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing the magic of your gorgeous quilt construction.

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  3. I'll meet you at Downton Abbey! Why are those solids so shiny??? Silk? If not, who made them? I am unfailingly attracted to shiny sparkly. The blossom stack, well, I want them all. Give em here. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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    1. LeeAnna, I don't know actually. There are some Robert Kauffman solids, but surely a big mixture as I buy when I find them on sale. Ooo, I love calling them the "Blossom Stack!" How inventively descriptive you are!

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  4. I love the fabrics you have set aside for the iPad protector. Lovely! The color palette for the quilt is so cheery. I completely now what you mean about kids growing up quickly. You're clever to make a quilt that can grow with a child, even when they outgrow their nursery decor. Even though there are some exciting prints included, the solids help balance out the top so they don't get overwhelmed by each other.

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  5. I was hoping to see a cute baby pictured with your quilt! ;-) I'm sure the quilts will be well-loved, and I totally agree that making the quilt a little bigger ensures more use!

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  6. I like the way you designed your baby quilt and I really like all those fabrics! So true about babies growing up so fast, and I think it's great you made a quilt that can grow with the baby. :) thanks for linking up to MCM!

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  7. What a beautiful quilt - the fabrics are so fun and pretty! Those other fabrics are luscious too - just yummy :)

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  8. It's going to be a lovely quilt, the colors are fantastic!

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